11. Anakin killing younglings
After swearing his allegiance to Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, Anakin is tasked with killing all the Jedi in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Marching into the temple with a team of clone troopers, Anakin comes upon the younglings in the temple, who suspect nothing of what is about to happen to them. Anakin Skywalker is a hero to them, which makes this next moment all the more heartbreaking. Anakin ignites his lightsaber, and we’re left with the impression that he’s about to execute all of them, which is confirmed when Obi-Wan watches the security tapes later on.
This is one of the spookiest moments of the Skywalker Saga because it revealed the incredible depths of darkness Anakin was willing to go to achieve what he wanted. The younglings never stood a chance, and Anakin slaughtered them as if they could fight back. They trusted him, and he showed them that hope can die in a moment and that even the best person can become the darkest on the inside and create endless tragedy. In the original trilogy, Obi-Wan described Anakin’s turn to the dark side as Darth Vader consuming Anakin so that Anakin was no more, and this was a startling depiction of that.